Had the University of Alabama been able to start its spring football practice on Friday, it would have been down a tight end.
Giles Amos, the former walk-on tight end who earned a scholarship before last season, is in the transfer portal, as first reported by AL.com. Amos exits after catching one pass for five yards last season.
Amos relived his recruiting story in a preseason interview, shortly after receiving his UA scholarship.
“I got offered by Valdosta State. That same day, they called me back and said they offered another guy and rescinded (my offer),” Amos said. “I really didn’t have many options and this was kind of like a last-minute thing. I hadn’t sent my film to Alabama. I kind of figured that if nobody else wanted me, why would Alabama? But I sent it and they called and asked if I wanted to be a preferred walk-on.”
“Sometimes you question yourself and (what) you are doing, but it goes back to what I said, some things are bigger than yourself. And that’s the mindset I always went with. My dad was always like, ‘Just stick with it. Things will always work out. Just keep doing what you’re doing and things are going to work out.’ So I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Amos was put on scholarship last year for additional depth, playing behind Miller Forristall, Major Tennison and Jahleel Billingsley. His path to playing time would have proven more difficult in 2020 with the addition of Carl Tucker, a grad transfer from North Carolina.
UA will have to wait until at least April 15 to start its spring practice, after the SEC canceled all athletic activities through April 15 in another measure against COVID-19. The A-Day game was originally scheduled for April 18.